Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Teacher Story

I decided to link up with Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes - a wonderful teacher blog - and share my teacher story.  Growing up, I had 3 crazy brothers.  I spent a lot of time playing by myself and I played school.  I lined all my dolls up and even wrote on the wall with my school notes.  Ha!  School was just always fun and easy for me.  When I went to college, I knew I wanted a career that helped people.  I considered social work, but quickly learned I could not handle all that I would see.  I considered pharmacy - which my parents fully supported. Ha!  But I didn't want to go to school 5 hours away from my family.  So one day, I went to my parents and said," I think I want to be a teacher."

 At first, my parents were not supportive.  I had two older cousins that had taught for many years and shared their stories -the good, the bad, and the ugly.  My mother, like any other mother, did not want me to have to deal with anything bad.  She discouraged me.  My parents even told me if I continued with my "teacher" plans, they would not pay for my college. 

So the next semester, I paid for my own college.  I worked hard at school and a part-time job and got all A's that semester in upper division classes.  I think that convinced my parents that I really wanted it and I was not going to change my mind.  So they paid for the rest of my college and now brag about what a good teacher I am.

I have taught for 14 years now - all middle school.  I never thought I would end up in middle school.  I always thought I would teach 1st or 2nd grade.  But I have grown to love middle school.  I have taught 7th/8th grade math and 7th grade language arts.  Middle school students are unpredictable and never boring.  They are full of drama, as well.  Ha!

I am moving to a new school this fall - still middle school though.  It is a small school closer to where I live.  I am so excited, and I can't wait for this school year.  This summer, I have spent time "spying" on other blogs getting wonderful ideas.  I can't wait to implement all these new ideas this year.  And that is my story!

1 comment:

Janaye said...

Wow! How touching! I am so glad your parents ending up coming around! Thanks for linking up!

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